On February 18th, Kodansha, Japan’s largest publishing company, released a book I worked on with them called nyangalish which is a combination of the sound a cat makes in Japanese and the word English. The idea behind the… Continue reading
Last month, Dissections: The Journal of Contemporary Horror selected my short-story Absence to appear in their 10th edition. Dissections is a peer-review online journal edited by Gina Wisker and Michelle Bernard and counts three times Bram Stoker award winner… Continue reading
After a long time away finishing my masters and working on my novel, I’m back blogging. To celebrate this, I thought I would launch a new regular feature. As every writer will tell you, reading is as important to improving… Continue reading
A few years ago, I would avoid writing when I was tired, sick, busy, or just because the weather was bad. At the point where I refused to allow anything to stop me writing, I saw not only my amount of work increase but the quality. Continue reading
Everyone experiences melancholy, or rather everyone interesting does. When a builder experiences depression, they may only share it with a close friend, a partner o4r a doctor. When a writer feels sadness creeping over him he also tells his closest friend: the blank page. This does not make his suffering anymore important just more prominent.
This can be a dangerous practice when producing work for others consumption. Pour your heart and depression across and into whatever makes you feel better the quickest but do not force that upon readers unless it has more to it than your emotions. Continue reading
Motivations are the key to any narrative. Get them right and readers will empathise with your character’s desires. Get them wrong and readers disengage early on. While reading Superfreakonomics, the sequel to the fantastic Freakonomics, the importance of motivations in economics struck me as a great lesson for writers. Continue reading
Book trailers, what are they trailing and where are readers meant to encounter? Is there a TV channel, that I don’t get, putting out book trailers between repeats of Q.I?
People want interesting content not just to see but also to share. Continue reading
When it comes to ideas, names can be powerful things. As a writer, ideas will pop in to your head and you will move them around but once they have a title they are yours: you owe them something. Yet, with the proliferation of eReaders, titles are seen less by readers. Rather than the constant view of the book cover, readers have their Kindle sitting on the table in front them. However, this distancing of the reader and the title of your novel does not mean you should underestimate it. Continue reading
Being a writer means always learning and always searching for new ways to improve. This can often be a frustrating experience when you discover something you wish you had found out sooner. Here then is a list of the things I wish I had learned earlier.
It’s cherry blossom season here in Japan and that means one thing: an abundance of clichés. Yes, blogs, newspapers and magazines will try to link the tired idea of cherry blossom being a new beginning, and a sad good bye, to any news story they can. Like all clichés it’s meaning has been anesthetised by overuse. Continue reading